by Lewis Ambrose

Abou Diaby’s move to Olympique Marseille has gone through, and the Frenchman will be hoping for more luck with injuries than he has had at Arsenal lately.

In fact, everyone will be hoping that someone who appears to be one of the most pleasant, humble and hard-working guys in the game finally enjoys the success his talent deserves.

A former manager – not Arsène Wenger – has praised Marseille for capturing the signature of Diaby, who rejected offers from Liverpool and West Brom to join the French side.

“This could be the biggest coup for Marseille for a long time and it’s also a great gift to the French league,” Guy Roux told L’Equipe.

Roux managed Diaby as he broke into the Auxerre first-team as a teenager before signing for Arsenal over nine years ago.

“Diaby is a fabulous player, well-disciplined and pleasant by nature. He has the kind of talent which has been sadly lacking from French football in recent times.”

The midfielder has had a difficult time at Arsenal, last playing more than 20 games in a season five years ago.


We wish him all the best at Marseille and will be watching on eagerly whenever he gets a chance to prove himself.

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